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Derby County 2-0 Aston Villa

Andi Weimann
Andreas Weimann (left) has scored in successive games after failing to score in his first 15 appearances this season

In-form Derby County boosted their promotion hopes with a win over play-off rivals Aston Villa.

The Rams took the lead when Glenn Whelan's blind backpass was picked up by Matej Vydra and he teed up former Villa man Andreas Weimann.

Robert Snodgrass nearly levelled at the start of the second half but Richard Keogh cleared his effort off the line.

Substitute Johnny Russell secured the victory in the last minute after a good ball from Keogh.

Steve Bruce's side started the match without a recognised striker after Keinan Davis was ruled out with illness and they struggled to create throughout.

The Rams, who would have scored inside the opening minute but for a superb last-ditch tackle from Neil Taylor on David Nugent, could have won by more had it not been for some fine saves from Sam Johnstone to deny Keogh and Bradley Johnson.

Gary Rowett's men, who remain fourth, have now won five of their past six games and are six points off second-placed Cardiff City.

Villa remain fifth after defeat at Pride Park but are now winless in three games and just one point clear of seventh-placed Leeds.

Derby County boss Gary Rowett:

"It's probably the best start we've had all season. That was something we wanted to do - to physically try and pin them back early - and we had some good moments. With a little bit more composure at times we could have had more.

"In the second half we allowed Villa just a little bit too much control at times but for as much of the play they had, I don't think Scott Carson has had a meaningful save to make.

"It's another game where we can say we know we can play better but we've kept a clean sheet, defended brilliantly and it's another excellent result."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"From the very first minute, we put them through and didn't really recover. We made far too many mistakes and when we really analyse it we'll look and think, for all that we huffed and puffed, we've gifted them the game.

"In a big game of this magnitude, the disappointing thing for me was the number of mistakes we made. We made so many it was scary and we made too many to win a football match.

"Second half, I was pleased with how we played. We had enough possession but not enough shots on target: we've had 12 or 13 attempts but only two on target."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36Ledley
  • 19WeimannSubstituted forRussellat 57'minutes
  • 23VydraSubstituted forThorneat 86'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 28NugentSubstituted forMartinat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Russell
  • 9Martin
  • 14Wisdom
  • 16Pearce
  • 17Winnall
  • 34Thorne
  • 35Mitchell

Aston Villa

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 15Jedinak
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forHoganat 65'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 37Adomah
  • 10Grealish
  • 18OnomahSubstituted forAgbonlahorat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 13Steer
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 21Hutton
  • 24Elphick
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
28,118

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 2, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

  6. Post update

    Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Derby County 2, Aston Villa 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Keogh with a through ball.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. George Thorne replaces Matej Vydra.

  11. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Chris Baird (Derby County).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Josh Onomah.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves22163342172551
2Cardiff22145333161747
3Bristol City22127336231343
4Derby22125535211441
5Aston Villa2210752920937
6Sheff Utd2212193427737
7Leeds2211383426836
8Ipswich2211293732535
9Preston229852622435
10Middlesbrough229582822632
11Nottm Forest22100123237-530
12Fulham227872728-129
13Brentford2261063330328
14Reading227692828027
15Sheff Wed226972627-127
16Norwich227692128-727
17Millwall226882422226
18QPR226792533-825
19Hull2257103740-322
20Barnsley2256112434-1021
21Sunderland2239102738-1118
22Burton2245131440-2617
23Bolton2237122141-2016
24Birmingham2244141132-2116
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